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The Eight Bells, Canterbury - pub details

Address: 34, London Rd, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8LN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 17710) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Canterbury West (0.4 miles), Canterbury East (0.7 miles), Sturry (2.5 miles)

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With our train cancelled, I had enough time to pay the Eight Bells a visit. It's a 7 or 8 minute walk from the station and it is a Youngs House. Ordinary & Special were on. After tripping through the door, I had a swift half of Special before moving on. The bar is fairly cosy. Toilets (or at least the gents) are outdoors at the rear. Ok pub. But typically bland Youngs beers.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Mar 2016 17:18
Went into the small front room bar straight off the road. It smelled of cigarette smoke, and was empty of people. A rather stern looking woman came from the back. She was probably the cause of the smell. Two casks on - Youngs Ordinary and Doom Bar. Some clips behind the bar show that they sometimes have other beers on, but nothing exciting or unusual.

As I was the only one there, the pub did lack atmosphere, so I was not seeing it at its best. But other pubs visited in the same area on the same day, did have customers and were more welcoming. With the lack of atmosphere, cigarette smoke, and the stern looking woman remaining vaguely in attendance, but not saying anything, I felt uncomfortable and finished my half of an indifferent Youngs quite quickly and moved on.

The pub sign outside says that they are listed in the Good Beer Guide. It has been my experience with that guide that it is fairly random, and while it can list decent pubs, it also has a tendency to list places like this which seem to have little to recommend them. It is possible that at a different time I would have had a better experience, but given that on my visit the place contained cigarette smoke, had no customers, was staffed by an unwelcoming person, and served an indifferent beer from an indifferent selection, it would need to offer something substantial in terms of bonhomie on the possible right occasions to justify inclusion in a pub guide.

SilkTork - 28 Aug 2012 11:34
My wife and I visit Canterbury every year and recently called in at the Eight Bells for the first time in ages. The Youngs bitter was rather warm and tired, but Wells Bombardier was the only other cask ale available. At 4.45 for a pint and a half, it was the chapest round of our three-night vacation, but considering the number of years the pub has been in the Good Beer Guide, it was a disappointment.
E.L.Wisty - 19 Mar 2012 20:39
Very much a locals pub which was friendly enough on this visit. Ale choice was just Bombardier and Youngs Bitter. The Youngs Bitter was okay but nothing brilliant.
anonymous - 5 Nov 2011 23:31
I see my last posting got wiped. Odd, as it was (deservedly) quite complimentary!
Popped in the other day and saw that the 8B had had a redecoration. Thankfully, given what often happens when brewers run amok in traditional pubs, the 8B is still intact! Worth a visit, if only to sample one of Canterbury's last remaining, traditional, community locals. Nice sunny garden too.
BTW - Beer (Young's) was very good and I noticed that the 8B will soon be offering Holt's/Marston's.
MrCheeky - 22 Apr 2009 12:07

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